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Member postings for Paul Johnson 4

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Thread: Warbird Replicas Spitfire LF mk IXc
14/04/2019 15:37:05

Nice flight Dick, good landing too. Did remind me of that song 'you picked a nice to leave me loose wheel...'

26/03/2019 18:37:01
Posted by RICHARD WILLS on 26/03/2019 17:25:07:

I went to Duxford last week with Phill my kit cutter and we watched their two seat Spitfire doing a continual bout of 20 minute pleasure flights ......


What didn't drop in for a coffee ?

26/03/2019 18:32:40

Really nice job Dick, a build to be proud of.

Thread: Warbird Replicas Bf 109 club.
15/03/2019 10:42:09
Posted by Glynn on 15/03/2019 00:05:36:


Many thanks for all your input at our club last night, There has been lots of posts on our facebook page on how the lads really enjoyed the evening. I was at Richards today getting the 190's legs sorted out in hope to stopping it nosing over, so I will be continuing your excellent work on ageing the Fokker. Once again many thanks to you and Richard from the lads at CMFA.


It's was a pleasure mate.... oh did you finish the other wing??? cheeky

15/03/2019 10:41:01
Posted by Graham R on 14/03/2019 21:10:56:

Hi Paul, I have been applying the weathering technique to the 110. I will get some photos soon. Going back to the 109 were the wing flaps centre or bottomed hinged. If they are centred I guess you just gently round off the bottom of the l/e.

Sorry Graham... they are bottom hinged and pinned..!

14/03/2019 20:14:00

Hi Graham,

I'm fine thanks. I used the same hinges that Richard put in the kits. They were pinned with cocktails sticks. Then covered.

I had a nice evening with Richard at his club on Wednesday. He invited me to bring the 109 as he gave a session on weathering and paneling. It was interesting to see how his club colleagues began to realise just how easy it is. I don't think Glynn was too impressed with me using his FW190 as a Guinea pig, he liked how it looked.... but... I only did one wing to show the difference. I wonder if he has finished the other side yet?

06/03/2019 18:18:26
Posted by RICHARD WILLS on 06/03/2019 15:40:43:

Paul , did you say Clam Day ?

Clam Day ?

Is that an episode of Sponge Bob that I've missed ?

Watch it you... my I remind you of a exhaust with no hole in it...!cheeky

06/03/2019 13:35:46
Posted by gillyg1 on 06/03/2019 12:49:50:

Glynn, are these AS3X units , (excuse my ignorance), stand alone gyros, if so would they work with futaba? I know speccy recievers some have it built in gyros, guess this would be away of eliminating ""fish tailing" ?? Being an old fashioned modeller don't do new fangled electronics very well.i


The Spektrum receivers have to be set up remotely using a blue tooth 'dongle' (gismo that plugs into the receiver) and connected via a phone app. Or by a laptop and seperate usb lead. (all Extras to the receiver).

So unless you have a reasonable understanding of the system you will find it daunting.

( I'm an electronic engineer by trade cheeky and I had to go through it quite a few time to get it all talking to the app and receivers, then you have to test during flight to set up the feedback gains, this can be done remotely on the Spektrum Tx's with telemetry)

Still interested? Don't want to put you off if you fancy a go but do do some research before outlaying for one as they are expensive.

Oh by the way they do work really well though as Glynn said.

06/03/2019 13:25:04
Posted by Glynn on 06/03/2019 11:59:52:


I have two AS3X standalone units, your more than welcome to use one. I had one in Tigger and it was better at flying than I was, they are just sat on my shelf doing nothing.

Thanks for the Kind offer Glynn,

All my warbirds from Richard have the Spektrum AS3X 7 channel receivers in already.

Being switchable from the TX it's nice to have if the wind decides to have a go..!

P.S. anyone know what a clam day looks like lately?

05/03/2019 20:52:16

Looking good. Decided on a colour scheme yet?

25/02/2019 13:18:13
Posted by parridav on 24/02/2019 19:12:49:

Paul, I've really enjoyed following your build, and am in process of building mine. My question is what side and down thrust, if any, do you have on your model?


I have none on mine. No doubt this will spark some debates wink

I have yet to maiden her so have as yet no feedback for you.

In my case downthrust, tends to have more prevalence to high wing aircraft.

Side thrust again can be added by washers or mixing rudder to throttle...

Or by a AS3X receiver.... it's got heading hold....laugh

I'll let you know how I get on when she gets maidened..

31/01/2019 11:39:37

Hi Graham,

I held a piece of paper along the lines to create an edge for the 'dust' I didn't use it to blend them in. The best advise Richard gave me in the past was to look at aircraft reference books that have colour plates of the subject but those that are not true photo's. the artist creates an illusion of a 3D surface on flat paper. These very often show how to create a '3D' impression through shading. Richard has previously, on the forums, suggested the use of pastel chalks and paper to create the shading. If you rub the chalk onto the paper, line the paper with a panel line then using your finger rub the chalk in the direction of the airflow you will create a good shading effect. The beauty of using chalk before trying an airbrush and paint is that if you don't like it it's easy to remove.

Don't try to re invent the wheel by trying to have an artists eye for shading...... cheat and pinch their ideas from their drawings...

Richard is correct in that anyone can pay mega bucks to have someone create a model that is a work of art. What we are trying to achieve is an illusion that passes close to the real thing from a few feet away. By us non artist, run of the mill hobbyists.

If you create scale accurate panel lines and individual rivets on the scale we work with you can't see these from anything but a foot away from the model and then with our eyesight... well you get the idea.

Next time your at a museum see how close you have to get to the thing to actually see that sort of detail. Let alone from the air!

20/01/2019 15:32:47

Just a quick follow up for the brave who have not tried the weathering before and may wish to have a go.

After you have undercoated and then put your top coat on I used a black thin permanent marker to mark the panel lines, if you are nervous as I was on the first attempt use a pencil. This can be erased using a simple rubber if it's not where you want it.

Once the black lines are draw, highlight each black line with a white pen, ink or gel pens work, draw the same side to keep them looking consistent, I used out board for the wings and behind, then for the fuz, behind and below. You can see it if you look at the pictures. For weathering and shading I used Humbrol dust wash on the upper surfaces and Humbrol ochre on the underside. This was done using a cheapy airbrush and a piece of paper to prevent overspray at the front of the panel lines again look at the picture .

For the exhaust smoke I used Tamiya smoke lightly built up to I thought it looked ok. it's difficult to over do this one as it goes on very opaque. I also used Humbrol oil wash, which is a gloss, to show some 'leaks' in appropriate places.

Go on have a go you know you want too...!

18/01/2019 20:13:46

Thanks for the high praise guys. Glynn, told you the MOAMS would work.....

Richard is definitely right about it being a process that is learnt...

It's certainly not difficult..... what is does take is the courage to try it out on your newly painted model that you have painstakingly built, painted and now your about to draw lines, rub black half dried paint on it. ..... Then when you it's worth it.

17/01/2019 17:13:35

Oh just remembered time to get back on the BF110 thread..blush

17/01/2019 17:04:09

Well.... all last! Just want to put on a light clear coat of satin varnish. As I fly early it is usually damp grass and the underside gets covered in wet grass.


Well... now what's next ??????

17/01/2019 12:31:18

She's getting dirty.....



Just when I have got addicted to the 'Wills' habit he goes and stops!

EPO and China have a lot to answer for ....

16/01/2019 21:47:19

It will stay as long as I don't delete any photo's which I have no intention of

Any questions that the log doesn't cover always ask..


Edited By Paul Johnson 4 on 16/01/2019 21:48:35

16/01/2019 18:08:27

Thank you Brian, coming from you that's a real complement.

As some of you are aware It is the third kit I have built and all the help and tips have been appreciated.

Especially from the 'BOSS' himself.... well actually it was Graham, Sweep was a little temperamental, well actually quiet rude.... unless I had MOAMS!

16/01/2019 16:49:00


Some pictures of it, the door doesn't fit tight against the wing but it looks ok.


As you are aware because of the leg angles and the large wheel it's all a tight fit. I didn't want to excavate unnecessarily into the wing if I didn't have to.

I have respect for the original designers in the problems of shoe horning all that kit into a small space.

I need to paint the doors too as there not quiet right in colour compared to the wing.

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